The Week in Pictures is a wonderful way to showcase the diversity of wildlife experienced at Londolozi, and the best thing about it, is that no two weeks are ever the same. In fact, no two days are ever the same here, and every game drive is a new opportunity to see and experience something totally different.
The past seven days have undoubtedly made up one of the most memorable weeks of my guiding career thus far. The sightings not only of individual animal species, but of interactions between species, is something that will forever be etched in my mind.
I hope you enjoy the images as much as my guests and I enjoyed these wonderful moments together.
Enjoy this Week in Pictures…
We waited in anticipation as a breeding herd of elephants approached a watering hole at great speed. These animals can drink as much as 120 liters in one day. 1/800 at f6.3 ISO 1600
The scar-nosed Majingilane male has been seen on his own for quite some time now. A few mornings ago was no different. We watched as he roared while patrolling and scent marking through his territory. 1/800 at f6.3, ISO 1600
Giraffes can be challenging to photograph given their sheer size, and because of the tricky habitat they are normally found in. However, close-up shots can reveal incredible detail, like the long hairs on their lips, that may otherwise be missed. 1/3200 at f6.0 ISO 500
A multitude of vultures perch in a series of dead trees, waiting for the pride of lions below to move off from their buffalo kills. The gloomy grey skies made for an appropriate black and white conversion. 1/2000 at f6.0 ISO 500
The king of the skies. A martial eagle flies off from its day-time perching spot after being mobbed relentlessly by a pair of fork-tailed drongos. 1/8000 at f6.3 ISO 1000
The dark-maned Majingilane male photographed at the end of a yawn. Darkness is certainly no reason to pack your camera away. Having an understanding of a few basic in-camera settings could result in you capturing an entirely unique set of images that you never thought you were capable of capturing. The ins and outs of night photography is something we will be featuring in the next few weeks on the Londolozi blog. 1/160 at f2.8 ISO 3200
A Tsalala Breakaway male yawns before getting up and beginning to hunt. This was taken on manual mode, a mode that often terrifies amateur photographers. I’d encourage you to take a look at the camera settings written below though, which help to give you the ball park range of settings used to capture action at night. 1/200 at f2.8 ISO 3200
One of the most incredible moments I have ever witnessed out in the bush! This Majingilane male came running towards us at full speed, trailing an Ntsevu lioness who had stolen a common duiker kill from a leopard moments before. 1/8000 at f5.6 ISO 1800
The remaining Nkoveni cub moves through an open area, being led by its mother to the relative safety of a thicket nearby. 1/6400 at f5.6 ISO 3200
A gorgeous female who is found to the east of camp. Easily recognised by her 2:2 spot pattern she is often to be found in Marula trees.
The Mhangeni Pride managed to bring down two separate buffalo overnight. We managed to view them the following morning, feeding on what little was left of each carcass. 1/1000 at f6.3 ISO 500
Hunting buffalo is thirsty work. One of the pride females wanders over to a watering hole nearby to quench her thirst. 1/640 at f6.3 ISO 720
It was wonderful to see the Ndzandzeni female again, putting more pressure on her injured back leg. She has been seen on a kill this past week and we’re hoping that it means she’ll be able to make a full recovery. 1/1250 at f5.6 ISO 500
This female is a success story all in herself, being born as a single cub to the Riverbank 3:3 female in early 2012.
A Mhangeni pride sub-adult rests on top of a termite mound providing me and my guests with this wonderful eye-level photographic opportunity. 1/640 at f6.0 ISO 6400
Similar to the giraffe, an elephant can be a difficult subject to photograph due to its size. Zooming in and getting close is one way though to reveal amazing textures and detail. 1/3200 at f6.2 ISO 3200
With World Rhino Day having happened this past week, my guests and I aimed to capture an iconic rhino shot with the rising sun in the background. 1/3200 at f5.0 ISO 1600
Arguably one of the most photogenic animals in the bush, the zebra makes for an easy subject to photograph, often lending themselves for great black and white conversions due to their already beautiful contrasts. 1/1000 at f6.3 ISO 1600
The Tailless female cautiously crosses the main channel of the Sand River at sunset on a beautiful afternoon spent with the Tsalala Breakaway Pride. In a few months, this channel will hopefully be flowing strongly as the rainy season approaches. 1/1250 at f5.6 ISO 1600
Perhaps the most memorable of all morning game drives this last week was this one spent following a pack of wild dogs as they sprinted through Londolozi. They are the rarest predator we find in southern Africa and are always incredibly exciting to track. 1/3200 at f6.0 ISO 1600